A few hundred brightly-colored lime-green bicycles have been seen around South Lake Tahoe since mid-July. That’s when The League to Save Lake Tahoe – the same group behind Keep Tahoe Blue – brought in a bicycle-sharing system called LimeBike.
“The numbers have just been through the roof,” said Jesse Patterson, the League’s Deputy Director.
He said ridership at Tahoe is outpacing similar programs in larger cities, including Seattle. Patterson said the system’s rapid acceptance has a lot to do with the demographics of the people who both visit and live in the area.
“We have evidence of locals using it to commute to and from work now as their primary source of transportation, and then heavy use in visitor areas,” he said. “People in Tahoe don’t want to sit in traffic, and we all know how bad the traffic has gotten.”